What This Pastor Might Preach if it Were His Last Sermon

Carnegie Melon University Professor Randy Pausch struck a worldwide nerve a year-and-a-half  ago.   He was the featured speaker at the annual “Last Lecture” when he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Doctors gave him just months to live.  The Last Lecture series was begun to give professors an opportunity to share those things they most wanted to communicate, as if it really were  their last lecture.   The poignant  thing about Pausch, a very likeable and passionate man, was that this truly would be his last lecture.  In a brief burst of strength Pausch delivered a lecture filled with humor and a zest for life and then died months later on September 18, 2008.  Dr. Pausch and I share significantly different world views but do have some admiration for him.

Anyway, this whole Last Lecture series got me to thinking about the exact same thing for pastors and their congregations.  What if once a year, or perhaps just once every two years every pastor would preach the message that they would give if they knew they only had one.  This is the sermon I preached last Sunday that was just that.  This hyperlink will to take you to the manuscript if you would like to read it and think about it.  You can also listen to it by going to the front page of our website.  I plan to do just such a sermon every year.


2 thoughts on “What This Pastor Might Preach if it Were His Last Sermon”

  1. Pastor Mike,

    I have been in persistent prayer for you, for Karla and for your family these past two days in particular. During my quiet time this morning, I read Daniel’s prayer (Dan 17-19) and it became a prayer for you.

    “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant… Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see… We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay…”

    I know the Lord has hemmed you in. He is behind you, before you and He has laid his hand upon you. I’m praying he will bring you peace and assurance today.

    With the love of Christ,


  2. Mike and Karla, You are in our prayers constantly. We will be fasting for you tomorrow, and lifting you up tomorrow night from Griffin, Georgia. What a Mighty God we serve!

    Brent & Laurie


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